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Claim: Personal information that might be used in identity theft schemes against you can be obtained from the web site anybirthday.com.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: The web site anybirthday.com is an interface to a large database (they claim
Could information obtained from anybirthday.com be used for identity theft schemes? Perhaps, but only as starting point: The most a user can obtain from anybirthday.com is a name, birth date, ZIP code, and gender — that might be enough information, say, to obtain a copy of someone's birth certificate, but a scammer generally needs something more than that (such as a Social Security number, at least) to start applying for charge cards or opening lines of credit in someone else's name.
It should be noted, however, that the information available on anybirthday.com is compiled from a variety of publicly-available sources (such as motor vehicle records or voter registration rolls), so your opting out of anybirthday.com's database won't necessarily prevent others from obtaining information about you from those same sources, or from information brokers similar to anybirthday.com.
Last updated: 6 January 2008
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